October 21, 2018

Inking it Up

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Lately, I've been filling up an old sketchbook of inked drawings. The sketches are studies I've been doing for a client who has commissioned me to design stamps. So the exercise had been going great. It's making me practice my proportions and line weights. 

October 11, 2018

Freshening up my Gouache and Watercolors

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It's been almost a month since we got back from our two month long stay in the US and while I have tidied up and organized the new art supplies I bought from the trip, I still haven't really sat down and thoroughly play with them yet. Between setting up our new business and catching up on pending art commissions, it's been a crazy toxic month back. What I was able to do was squeeze my new paints into their corresponding sets. My artist gouache set and premium watercolor sets both got filled up.

September 29, 2018

Inktober Prompts for 2018

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October is fast approaching and for us art enthusiasts, it's that time of the year where most of our social media feeds get flooded with Inktober artworks. Yup, it's Inktober time again! I'm considering to join this time around so while I'm mustering up the courage to do so, here are some prompts that I compiled that I thought would be interesting to draw for this year.


August 18, 2018

Venturing into Hobby Lobby

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Major things have happened in the past months. I’m currently in the US and I’ve been going crazy fawning over the art stores and touristy sites I’ve visited thus far. It’s not really keeping my wallet happy but my artsy and wanderlust heart is really happy. Also, there’s been a major shift in my life and now I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things and settle into a comfortable new schedule which includes more time for my art and for blogging (yay!). The very first art store that I visited here in Florida is Hobby Lobby. I had no idea how big of an art store it was until me and friends had lunch near it one day. As soon as my friend’s husband said that it will be heaven for me, well I was sold. So one afternoon, I asked my husband if we could go there.
Huuuuge storefront view from the parking lot. 

May 31, 2018

Arternoon Tea Event with Stabilo

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It was mid-May when I was invited to an exclusive journaling workshop hosted by Stabilo Philippines. The event was held at Bizu in Greenbelt 2 where Stabilo also showcased their new pastel line of highlighters, pens and pencils. When I got to the event place, I was surprised that the foreign execs and staff of Stabilo had come to visit and take a peek at the Arternoon Tea.

The setup of the place was gorgeous. There was a middle table where participants for the journaling workshop by Aina will be seated.


May 31, 2018

Your Basic Calligraphy Materials

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If you're mildly interested in starting on calligraphy as a hobby then you might want to check out what materials you would need first. This post is intended for just that. Once you've started though, I can assure you that calligraphy is one hobby that you'll really enjoy. You'll learn to appreciate the high quality kinds of paper, the different kinds and colors of calligraphy inks, the zen-like state you'll get into while you practice and the significant improvement in your handwriting.

One of the queries that I always get when I'm teaching calligraphy workshops is if they have bad handwriting to start with, will their calligraphy be bad as well? Taking up calligraphy is like learning how to write all over again and with the proper tools you can be sure that even with only 15 minutes a day, your calligraphy game will improve.


May 31, 2018

My Watercolor Lettering Demo

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Last weekend was pretty busy for me because I did an on-stage watercolor lettering demo at the National Bookstore Back to School Fair for Zig Kuretake. I have long since been a loyal advocate of the brand and I truly love their products. I felt really flattered and honored when I was invited to do a demo for the event and while I've already done workshops myself, I have never done a demo onstage.

My watercolor lettering demo would be using Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors since I was representing the brand Zig. What I was really scared of was that I would get a case of the nerves, aka hand shaking. So on my first day, that's exactly what happened. I was calm, I was composed and yet my hands were shaking. Grrrr, hands. You're not cooperating!
IG Stories grabbed from @nationalbookstore


May 08, 2018

My Ongoing Calligraphy Journey

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If you have been a reader of mine, you may have noticed that I have been on hiatus for quite a number of months. Late last year, I started to concentrate on doing my wedding preparations and I got married in January. Yes I'm married! Then after I got married, I've been dealing with some personal issues, some of which had me doing an inner battle with myself before I could muster up the will to go to work. I lost most of the time and I really felt completely burned out. Of course, with all that stress, I was also fighting a huge creative block. 

My personal mantra lately